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Corn Snake

Corn snakes are medium-sized non-venomous reptiles found widely in the south-eastern and central United States. They are brightly colored and their mild temperament makes them excellent pets. As they primarily feed on rodents, they contribute in controlling and checking wild rodent population that damage crops.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Subclass Lepidosauria
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Colubrinae
    Tribe Lampropeltini
    Genus Pantherophis
    Scientific Name Pantherophis guttatus

    Length 61–182 cm (2.00–5.97 ft) long
    Weight Around 2 pounds (.9 kg)
    Color Reddish-orange or orange-brown; bellies are shining white prominently checkered with black, often consist of two black stripes under their tails; iris is generally orange or red
    Distribution Southern New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana, parts of Kentucky, Texas
    Habitat Overgrown fields, forest openings, palmetto flatwoods, trees, abandoned buildings, farms, rocky hillsides
    Diet Small rodents, reptiles, amphibians, bird eggs
    Hibernation Period Hibernates during winter months
    Predators Hawk, fox, skunk,
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season March-April (in captivity)
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 12- 24
    Incubation Period 58 to 62 days
    Reproductive Age 18 to 24 months of age
    Average Lifespan In wild: Around 6 to 8 years
    In captivity: Around 20 to 25 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 7th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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